A men’s health charity has concluded that British men are ignorant when it comes to prostate gland.
It is an important organ for sex since it is responsible for producing semen and it also participates in ejaculation.
But it is also the number one cause of cancer in men. Having close to 40,000 diagnosed on a yearly basis in the UK.
A survey that the charity carried out indicates that about one in five men lack knowledge about them having prostate and were unaware of the prostate dangers.
The size of the gland is close to that of a walnut and is located below the bladder, in front of the rectum.
It produces the fluid that nourishes the sperm.
The results of the survey were as follows from the 1,900 men that were studied:
- 92% were clueless regarding the role of the gland
- 54% were not aware of its location
- 17% failed to know that they have prostate
The CEO for Prostate Cancer UK, Angela Culhane, said that “Men are very ignorant about prostate cancer and it’s dangerous because it is actually the most common cancer in men.
“The things it does affect – ejaculation and sexual function, urine flow and incontinence – are not regularly talked about over the dinner table or in the pub.”
Each year, about 11,000 men lose their lives to prostate cancer.
It is possible to get some symptoms in the early stages, most of which are associated with urination.
- Repeated urination, especially at night
- Finding it hard to start a urination
- Taking too long while urinating
- Feeling the bladders is not fully emptied
Ms Culhane said: “A man in his 30s with none of the risk factors shouldn’t be overly worried – but for men at higher risk, they should have a conversation with their GP or one of our specialist nurses.
“If they have a family history, are black [black men are twice as likely to develop prostate cancer as the overall population] or are over 50, then, generally, they should be thinking about having a conversation.
“As a country, we need to wake up and stop men dying needlessly.
Ignoring prostate cancer won’t beat it – only fighting it will.”